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July 25, 2014 / 27 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
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Day 17: Iron Dome Protects Tel Aviv, Coastal Cities Again

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iron Dome team was busy again Thursday morning protecting metro Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa).

It appears that Hamas terrorists are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate as they fire large mid-range missiles barrages at the Mediterranean coast in attempts to wreak havoc on major Israeli cities.

Fewer long-range missiles have been launched at other cities around Israel, however.

A massive barrage of missiles was fired just before 11 am at the White City, with sirens screaming as far north as Herzliya. and explosions heard above greater Tel Aviv. At least five M75 missiles were intercepted over Rishon Lezion, according to Channel 10 television. No one was physically hurt and no damage was report.

Six missiles were intercepted over metropolitan Tel Aviv, the station reported.

Latest Rocket Alert Update: Thursday 2:22 PM

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

2:22pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

2:04pm Ashkelon, Ashdod

2:02pm Kiryat Gat, Gedera

2:01pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Be’er Tuvia, Kiryat Malachi

12:30pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon and surrounds

11:35am Sderot and surrounds

11:18am metro Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Herzliya

10:59am Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Holon, Elad, Petach Tikvah, metro Tel Aviv

10:58am Gan Sorek, Rishon Lezion, Ramat Hasharon, Ra’ana, Shfela, Gush Dan Hod Hasharon, Rosh Ha’Ayin, Kiryat Ono

8:03 am Ashkelon coastal region, Sha’ar HaNegev regional council

8:01 am Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

7:30 am Eshkol regional council – rocket exploded with no warning received

Latest Rocket Alert Update: Tuesday, 10:28 pm

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As of this writing, Code Red rocket alerts were sounded in the following locations Tuesday:

10:28 pm  Be’er Sheva Shoval, Rahat and surrounds

9:56 pm Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Tifrach, Meitar and surrounds

9:17 pm Lod, Yavneh, Kiryat Akron, Gedera, Ramle, Gan Yavneh, Kfar Bilu, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi

9:00 pm  Bat Yam, Rishon L’Tsion, Rechovot, Modi’in, Macabim Reut, Ramla, Nes Tziona, Lod, Elad, Rosh Ha’yin, Shoham, Hulda, Kfar Chabad, Psagot, Dolev, Chalamish,  Ma’aleh Levona, Peduel

8:22 pm Yavneh, Ashdod, Yad Mordechai, Bnei Darom, Netiv Ha’Asara

6:59 pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

6:37 pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai

5:48 pm  Hatzerim

5:26 pm Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon

5:25 pm Ofakim, Merhavim, Maslul

4:47 pm  Kfar Aza, Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

4:42 pm  Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon, Sdot Negev Regional Council

4:23 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

4:21 pm Eshkol Regional Council

4:07 pm  Nahal Oz, Kfar Maimon

4:00 pm  Bnei Shimon, Merhavim

3:59 pm  Be’er Sheva, Hatzerim, Nevatim, Segev Shalom

3:42 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:41 pm  Sha’ar HaNegev, Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asarah

3:39 pm Ashkelon Coastal Region

3:30 pm  Gaza Belt region, Ashkelon Coastal Region

2:00 pm  Zikim,Carmiya

1:51 pm  Nahal Oz, Alumim

12:28 pm  Ramat HaNegev

11:05 am  Ashdod, Ashkelon, Be’er Ganim, Nitzanim, local communities

10:56 am Missile lands in Yahud, located in Gush Dan – damage to homes but no one physically injured

10:03 am Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak, Gush Dan, Tel Aviv metro area

10:00 am Humanitarian cease fire allegedly taking place. We’ll see.

9:54 am Eshkol Regional Council

9:33 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council

9:11 am Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, Ashdod, local communities

Overnight, attempted terrorist weapons shipment captured in Dead Sea; concealed rocket launchers destroyed near school. . .

 

 

Latest Update on Rocket Attack Alerts – 4:11 pm

Monday, July 21st, 2014

4:11pm Zikkim, Karmiya

3:59pm Karmiya

3:18pm Nahal Oz, Alumim

2:09pm Kfar Aza, Sa’ad

1:59pm Ashkelon, Ashdod, Sha’ar HaNegev

1:51pm Kerem Shalom (Yes, again)

1:45pm Kerem Shalom

1:35pm Nahal Oz, Alumim

1:25pm Nahal Oz, Alumim

1:18pm Ashkelon, Yad Mordechai, Be’er Ganim, Netiv Ha’Asara

1:10pm Ashdod, Nitzan, Nitzanim

1:00pm Zikkim, Karmiya

12:50pm Kfar Aza, Sa’ad 2x

12:01pm Zikkim, Karmiya 2x

11:40am Gush Dan, Tel Aviv, Rishon Lezion

11:35am Ashdod

11:34am Yavneh, Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Ashdod, Chafetz Chaim, Yad Binyamin

11:33am Kiryat Malachi, Orot, Nitzan, Nitzanim, Ashkelon

9:36am Sderot, Nir Am, Sapir College, Giv’im

9:34am Kissufim (2x)

9:06 am Netiv Ha’asara, Yad Mordechai

7:51am Kissufim (2x)

7:23am Miflasim

7:22am Sderot, Nir Am

7:17am Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Or Haner

3:38am Sapir College, Nir Am, Sderot, Giv’im

3:28am Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara, Or Haner

2:39am Giv’im, Nir Am, Sderot, Sapir College

2:38am Or Haner

2:26am Giv’im, Sapir College, Nir Am, Sderot

1:31am Miflasim (2x)

1:01am Hatzerim (2x)

00:56am Even Shmuel, Ahuzam, Eitan, Kiryat Gat

00:55am Lachish

00:31 Or Haner (2x)

00:16am Miflasim

Today’s rocket attack updates began late, with apologies, and the earlier morning alerts will be brought up to date as soon as possible. It’s been a hectic day, folks.

Ashdod Miracle in Massive Rocket Barrage; Peres Warns ‘Hamas Planned Massacre’

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Hamas terrorists unleashed a fierce missile barrage on central and southern Israel at midday Monday, but the hand of God nevertheless intervened to protect Israelis from physical harm.

No physical injuries were reported but at least one home was damaged in the attack in Ashdod where an open miracle occurred. An M75 missile slammed into a home, crashing through the ceiling and landing on the floor of a balcony (see photo, courtesy of ashdod.net) — but it did not explode, greatly limiting the damage to the home. Family members remained safe in the apartment’s internal bomb shelter room, meanwhile; although they were traumatized by the incident, they were physically unharmed.

Despite the terrorists’ efforts to remind the IDF that Gaza’s ability to wage war has yet to be impaired, the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted two M75 missiles over metro Tel Aviv and two others over the port city of Ashdod. The attack sent more than one million Israelis racing for bomb shelters across the southern and central regions. Heavy barrages were aimed at greater Ashkelon, Rehovot, Ashdod, the Gush Dan region including metro Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak and Ramat Gan, Rishon Lezion and Beit Shemesh, among other major population centers.

Barrages continued through the afternoon. A missile exploded in an open area on the outskirts of Rishon Lezion shortly before 1:00pm, igniting a fire but physically hurting no one. Three missiles intercepted over the coastal city of Ashkelon at approximately 1:30 pm. Five minutes later, three shorter-range Qassam rockets exploded in open areas in the Sdot Negev Regional Council district. No property damage was reported, and no one was physically injured.

On every radio talk show program, Israelis called in to express their firm resolve to endure, to get through the war and wait it out in their bomb shelters for however long it might take, as long as the IDF continued to persevere in its goal to “silence the rocket fire permanently this time and eliminate the tunnels.”

Meanwhile, outgoing President Shimon Peres told reporters Monday morning that it is essential that Israel continue Operation Protective Edge until the conflict is decisively won.

“We must win this war,” Peres said. “Hamas planned a massacre in Israel.”

The president’s remarks came in the wake of a foiled infiltration early Monday morning in which two massive squads of terrorists were spotted emerging from two separate tunnels between two kibbutzim along the Gaza border.

Residents in Nir Am and Erez were quickly ordered to remain in their homes and lock their doors, as Israeli air force pilots targeted one terror cell, and ground forces engaged the other. All of the terrorists were eliminated in the fierce fire fight that followed.

Report: Cease Fire Deal Reached in Cairo as Hamas Opens Fire

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A cease fire deal was reportedly reached Thursday in Cairo, according to international media, among them Reuters, the BBC and AFP — but both sides are denying the reports.

There is conflicting information about the deal and Israeli officials claimed the reports are “incorrect.” Likewise, Hamas also denied to international media that any deal had been reached.

According to the reports, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) represented Israel in the indirect negotiations with Hamas in Cairo. The cease fire is to take effect at 6 am Friday morning local time. If Hamas violates the truce, Israel warned it would retaliate immediately.

The Jewish State has yet to make good on such threats: two hours after the start of a humanitarian cease fire on Thursday, Hamas launched a barrage of mortar shells at southern Israel – and Israel did nothing in response.

Hamas terrorists were punctual in ending the humanitarian cease fire, which was scheduled to stop at 3 pm. A missile barrage was fired at the coastal city of Ashkelon and the community of Zikkim precisely at 2:59 pm local time. The rockets exploded in the Ashkelon coastal region, with impacts reported in open areas. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

The initial attack was quickly followed up by numerous others, most aimed at Ashkelon and at the Gaza Belt communities. A Grad missile was also launched at the Negev city of Be’er Sheva less than an hour after the “cease fire” had ended as well, exploding in an open area on the outskirts of the city.

Another rocket fell short, landed within the Gaza region. It is not known whether Arab civilians in the territory were wounded by the Hamas attack on their own people — and if so, whether women or children were killed in the explosion.

Why Were Children Playing on a Gaza Beach When IDF Targeted a Terror Site?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Four Gaza children are dead in the aftermath of an attack Wednesday afternoon by the Israeli Navy that was aimed at Hamas terrorist operatives in Gaza City.  The incident, which raised an international outcry, is under investigation by the IDF.

Washington Post journalist William Booth reported in a column for the newspaper that Hamas often uses a site near the civilian hotel along the beach as a launching pad from which to fire rocket attacks against Israel. “It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel,” he wrote in his column on July 16.

A New York Times reporter also noted that a structure near the beach had been targeted in the attack by the IDF.

“My driver and I rushed to the window to see what had happened. A small shack atop a sea wall at the fishing port had been struck by an Israeli bomb or missile and was burning… “

It is clear the IDF was not just firing at little boys on the beach, but rather was aiming at a specific structure; most likely a concealed rocket launcher, similar to the hundreds of others that have been targeted and destroyed by IAF pilots over the past year.

If Hamas had not used the site to attack Israel, the IDF would not have fired at the spot to silence the rocket fire – Israel’s standard response to Hamas attacks.

Gaza residents have been repeatedly warned to distance themselves from terrorist sites and terrorist activity in order to remain safe and avoid endangering their children. The IDF has made phone calls to their homes and sent text messages to their cell phones, and dropped flyers in their neighborhoods to warn them to evacuate areas they intend to attack.

For comparison purposes:

Between 2001-2014, some 21,000 to 23,000 civilians were killed in Afghanistan.

Between 2001-2014, 20,000 to 30,000 civilians were killed in Pakistan.

Between 2001-2014, 133,000 to 147,000 civilians were killed in Iraq.

All these civilians were all killed by U.S., French, British and German forces.

Have any of those nations dropped flyers, made phone calls or otherwise notified the civilians in the targeted territories prior to launching their attacks?

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/why-were-children-playing-on-a-gaza-beach-when-idf-targeted-a-terror-site/2014/07/17/

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